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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 01 June 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920897
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
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  • Size: 127x180 mm
  • Illustrations: 1800
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: The Companion Series
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The Colour Mixing Companion


Your no-fuss guide to mixing watercolour, acrylics and oils by Julie Collins

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Book Description

This is a clear, comprehensive guide to colour mixing in the three most popular mediums: watercolour, acrylics and oils.

This portable, pocket-sized companion introduces simple colour theory and colour wheels, with templates provided so that readers can paint their own. The Colour Mixing Companion then shows the reader how to mix the perfect colour in all three mediums through a vast array of swatches and explanations of colour relationships.

There is vividly illustrated guidance on complementary, warm and cool colours, tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and factoring in local colour, followed by an array of essential colour mixes using widely available paints.

The Colour Mixing Companion is a beautifully presented and practical guide to understanding and mixing colours; artists from beginners to more experienced painters will find this a handy, comprehensive guide. 

The contents of this book have been compiled and refreshed from the hugely popular Colour Mixing Guides, which have sold 40k copies globally.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Materials 10, Colours used in this section 14, Colour 18, Colour tone 30, Using a limited palette 32, Dull and bright colours 38, Local colour 40, Colour mixes 42

Materials 64, Colours used in this section 68, Colour 72, Colour tone 82,Using a limited palette 84, Dull and bright colours 88, Local colour 89, Colour mixes 90

Materials 110, Colours used in this section 115, Colour 118, Colour tone 128, Using a limited palette 130, Dull and bright colours 134, Local colour 136, Colour mixes 138

Glossary 158

Extra Information

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About the Author

About Julie Collins

Julie Collins studied Fine Art at the University of Reading and has been an artist, writer and teacher since then. She has written a number of colour mixing guides and artists' problem-solving books and also writes for The Artist magazine. She works from her studio in Hampshire, UK, where she explores her passion for painting, drawing and crafts.

Julie has won numerous prestigious awards for her watercolour paintings, including, most recently, the award of first prize for Watercolour at the Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition 2019. Julie was also elected an associate Member of the Society of Women Artists in August 2019.

The three Colour Mixing Guides that comprise this book have sold over 37.5k copies overall.

Julie is also the author of Colour Demystified, published by Search Press in 2021, which has sold over 6,850 copies to date.


Customer Review

This is definitely a no fuss guide, what an ease to wander through the pages. I love the size of the book, just longer than the length of my hand and just wider so it sits comfortably in my hands.The quality of the paper is really good and feel like they will withstand a lot of flicking through to where I want to look.

I like the inclusion of the colour wheel templates, they will come in useful. I like the exercise examples and the right and wrong explanations. Theres a nice section about oils, which Ive yet to try, solvents and mediums which will be my go to reference when I do get around to trying oil painting.

I absolutely love the colour swatch pages and I definitely want to create my own. This book will be a great colour reference guide for me in my painting journey. Im not a complete beginner at watercolour and acrylic painting, theres still a lot for me to learn from this beautiful book.

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